Myersough II continue good run in NBL Division 3

Myerscough ll moved to 3-1 in NBL Division 3 after a solid 2nd half performance guided them to a 76 – 55 win away at Manchester Giants . Myerscough jumped out to an early lead on the back of some pressure defense only to be clawed back towards the end of the first quarter.  

Myerscough’s offense began to pick up in the 2nd quarter, sparked by an 8-point Lewis Smith burst, only for lapses on the defensive end to allow Manchester to stay in the game and trail by only 8 at half time.  

After some half time adjustments, Myerscough came out with increased effort and intensity on defense, limiting Manchester to only nineteen 2nd half points. Taylor Campbell put in a captain’s performance with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Myerscough. Lewis Smith (13), Ben Prince (12) and Jayden Baldie (11) all contributed double figures to round out a balanced team effort.  

Campbell was pleased with the win while noting there was room for improvement, 

“As a team we showed that we have potential to play good basketball on both sides of the court, with our key emphasis on defence allowing us to have our fast transition offences. The energy we put in on defence allowed us to hold Manchester to 19 in the second half allowing us the freedom on offence to find our open shots and cross matchups. A good team win, to allow us to work on key elements for future games.”  

Myerscough slide as Derbyshire steal comeback win!  

Preston, England – Myerscough College drops to 2-3 in NBL Division 2 North league play as they fell at the very end to a resilient Derbyshire Arrows comeback, 77-78.  

Myerscough College would race out of the gates to start the game and quickly established their intent. Familiar faces Caschili and the Asante twins all connected from deep as Myerscough built its first double-digit lead of the game and seemingly controlled all momentum. However, Derbyshire would connect on three straight three pointers of their own to finish the quarter and prevent the hosts from capitalising as the lead was 30-20 at the end of a very high scoring opening quarter.  

Offense remained the theme for the second quarter as both teams continued to find ways to punish each other. Myerscough connected on a further six three pointers whereas Derbyshire started to take control of the paint and reduced the gap to as small as three points before a big Euan Birch three send Myerscough into the half with a 53-47 lead.  

Neither team could create any separation in the third quarter, as both teams looked increasingly tight, and the rate of scoring dropped setting up a tense final ten minutes.  

Euan Birch would connect for just Myerscough’s 2nd three pointer of the second half to give the hosts a 4-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the game. Missed opportunities and a lack of discipline from the academy side combined with a late Derbyshire run saw Brownell connect from behind the arc to give the visitors their first lead of the game and ultimately seal Myerscough’s fate  

Euan Birch led the way with 14 points whilst Denilson Caschili and Stephen Asante contributed 13 and 11 points respectively. Derbyshire Arrows were paced with Hamza Ibrahim’s game-high 18 points. Sedale Hanson-Young, 15 points and George Brownell 13 points added valuable support.  

Myerscough (2-3) takes a break from league action next week as they travel to the Northeast to face Division 3 side Teeside Lions in the next round of the Men’s National Cup on Sunday 13th November, 6:30pm. 

Other weekend results:  

U18 Conference v St Helens Saints II – 75-64 W   

Top Scorers 

Ryan Grant 20 points, Vadim Creanga 13 points and Wiktor Chwastek 12 points.  

U16 Conference v Manchester Giants Blue – 53-70 L 

Top Scorers 

Thomas Windle 16 points, Sam Lord 13 points and Cam Sales 7 points.  

U14 Conference v Stockport Falcons – 48-62 L 

Top Scorers 

Noah Salloum 18 points, Xander Last, Alfie Molyneux and Joshua Howard 8 points each.  

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